Isn’t it amazing to find how quickly infants develop during their first two years? It is as if everyday ushers in a new landmark in early childhood development. There are many distinct phases that babies need to go through during their early years of development. These phases can clearly be segregated depending on the age and the stage the infants are in. Having a clear idea of these phases will help parents in understanding their developing child in a better way. It will also help them in handling their children accordingly. Parents can even follow some tricks and tips that can enable them to have a better understanding of their child and to focus on their holistic growth. Stay right on top of varied modifications with the developmental checklist for children at every new stage.
Between the span of birth and a time period of one month, a newborn exhibits different automatic movements in response to exterior stimuli. The most important early childhood development landmarks at this stage include rooting reflex, grasp reflex and startle reflex. These are phases when the infant learns to open his mouth; turn his head, grasps things placed in his hands and stiffens or extends his legs and arms in response to position changes and sudden noises. This is a stage when a newborn has the ability of seeing things that are near his eyes; recognizes smells; smiles, cries and moves his head sideways.
Children at this stage develop some new abilities very quickly. This is during the first year of their life. Between three and six months, they learn to control their heads and bring their hands together. Between six and nine months, they learn to sit without any kind of support. They also learn to respond and babble to their names. By nine to twelve months, infants grab the ability of picking up things; crawling and standing with some kind of support. Parents should have a close eye on the growth of their child during this stage as slow development might indicate certain disabilities and even Down’s syndrome.
Between ages one and three, toddlers can walk without any support and they can even jump, run and climb stairs. Your child at this stage will learn to use crayons; draw circles; use small sentences; follow some simple instructions and stack blocks.
This stage is between ages three and five when the kid is no longer an infant. The child will now have the ability of doing things like having conversations and running. It is important for parents to take the right measures towards developing the mental skills of their wards. They must make sure that their children are growing in kindergarten. They must discuss the growth of their children with teachers and have a close eye on the type of activities that their child enjoys.
Between ages six and twelve, your child is more capable, responsible and independent. School-age children have good motor skills and they even start developing sexual characteristics.